I hope for your sake that you were busy Monday night and unable to watch the Bears vs. Rams puke fest. Here’s how bad the game was: the undisputed player of the game was Rams’ punter Johnny Hekker. In all fairness to Hekker, the man can punt with the best of em. All five of his kicks pinned the aimless Bears offense inside the 10 yard line, and he booted a 63 yarder down there too. Needless to say, if you own Hekker in a punter league—I’m sure these actually exist—then you had a great fantasy night; unlike the rest of us. Fantasy Lord willing, this will be the last time I ever write an intro about a punter. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Jared Goff – 23/33 for 219 yards and his 11th and 12th touchdowns. The Rams’ QB wasn’t terrible against a tough Bears’ defense and that’s about the nicest thing I have to say about any fantasy players from Monday night’s game. For what it’s worth, Pigskinonator isn’t a fan of Goff moving forward. He’s slotted in as the bot’s #22 QB next week against the Dolphins and it doesn’t get a lot better from there.

Darrell Henderson – 15 carries for 64 yards, 2 catches for 13 yards. It looked like Henderson may have gotten banged up late in the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately, instead of covering the possible injury on the broadcast the announcers instead talked about Sean McVay’s nut sack for ten minutes. But Henderson did return in the 4th quarter and he’s starting to look like a high-end RB2 with his apparently locked in workload. 

Malcolm Brown – 10 carries for 57 yards and his 3rd touchdown.  I saw the Rams’ 2nd round rookie Cam Akers (no touches) briefly on the field at one point. He was guy handing out the water. Gatoradeeeeee! As for Brown, this vultured TD was his first score since week 1, so don’t count on it turning into a pattern. Still, while unexciting, he could be a useful bye week fill in if you’re desperate.

Cooper Kupp – 6 catches for 43 yards, 1 carry for 16 yards. Ugh am I done writing about this game yet? Both Kupp and Robert Woods (3 catches for 22 yards, 4 carries for 23 yards and a fumble lost) had yawnstipating games.  In fact, Josh Reynolds (4 catches for 52 yards and his 2nd touchdown) was the only Ram receiver to post useful numbers. Kupp is my favorite buy-low wide receiver target this week. He hasn’t found the endzone in the last three games and over that time he’s only compiled 120 receiving yards. Kupp’s owner is likely at his wits end, use our free trade analyzer to craft the perfect buy-low offer.

Gerald Everett – 4 catches for 28 yards and his 1st touchdown. Tyler Higbee (hand)—I mean Higbust—was out this week, leaving Everett to absorb the lion share of the tight end work. If Higbust misses more time, Everett has some streamer appeal.

Nick Foles – 28/40 for 261 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Who’s Da Bears’ 3rd string QB again?

David Montgomery – 14 carries for 48 yards, 5 catches for 21 yards. The Monty wasn’t full this week, but the five receptions at least may have appeased his PPR owners. I’m encouraged by the increased receiving work (16 receptions over the past three weeks) since Tarik Cohen (ACL) went down. Continue valuing Monty as a high-end RB2. 

Allen Robinson – 4 catches for 70 yards before leaving with a concussion in the 4th quarter. If ARob misses time in the protocol, rookie Darnell Mooney (3 catches for 40 yards) is an intriguing add after seeing 7 targets in this game and 26 targets over the past four weeks. It’s just too bad Foles is the one tossing those targets.

Jimmy Graham – 5 catches for 31 yards. Have to wonder if Graham was dealing with some sort of injury this week as rookie Cole Kmet (2 catches for 45 yards) got most of the work in the first half—the kid looked good too. Even Demetrius Harris (2 catches for 15 yards) seemed to get more work than Jimmy in the early going before they ramped the old timer up in the 4th quarter.  

  1. BallsDeep says:
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    Dropped Fournette a few weeks ago. Hopefully CMC can come back this week. If not would you drop Freeman for Fournette?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, prefer Fournette

  2. William Hung says:
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    Is there a RB that has a wider range of opinion than D-Mont? If we were only based on RW, we’d think Montgomery was complete trash – their latest blurb on him – “Montgomery continues to see RB1 usage on an elite snap rate, but the dude has the movement skills of a busted refrigerator and can’t make defenders miss or break tackles. Relatively speaking, he’s a terrible athlete at the position.”

    I think Foles is a terrible QB and the offensive line opens up zero holes. I hope the schedule opens up a bit and the matchups get easier – at least that was the expectation when I traded for him

    • Cram It says:
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      I’m a Bears fan so I watch them. Monty has vision and enough straight line shiftiness in between the tackles to get to the second level, and can break tackles with power. But he’s terrible in open space.

      • William Hung says:
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        Damn I’m not a Bears fan, but I bet Rex Grossman still has nightmares of the Colts

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I don’t think he’s an elite back or anything but that’s a bit harsh. He’s an average NFL RB with a great workload up better days ahead.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        yeah rotoworld sometimes it’s very clear they go into much more ownership based anger details than in other blurbs. that d-mont one was very clear on that, as are most of their NYJ, NYG and some other ones. they are usually the funniest blurbs though, the ones where they are clearly pissed off at either owning those players themselves and/or being fans of the teams in question.

  3. otisP says:
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    Full point PPR, would you pick up Zach Moss for Lindsay or Justin Jackson? What about picking up Corey Davis for Landry or Slayton?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want moss over jackson and hold those WRs

  4. isittime? says:
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    while the thread is on the bears:

    trade allen robinson/ baker mayfield for david montgomery/ justin herbert

    2 qb keeper league- herbert-$1

    qb: watson/mayfield/tua
    wr: hopkins/robinson/mike williams/fulgham/chark/antonio brown
    rb: sanders/scott/freeman
    te:andrews

    rb’s on the wire i’m targeting: hasty/hyde/gallman/dobbins/harris

    i know montgomery isnt great but I punt rb every year and just need someone putting up 6-10 pts with the workload to go more.

    thanks. my current keepers (we can keep 4) are: andrews: $3, sanders $11, barkley for $37, and maybe tua for $4? idk. things change. the guy in our league who keeps murray/mahomes has been pretty dominant the last 3 years so trying to find the next qb duo.

    thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes I’d do that. $1 Herbert is looking phenomenal and you could use the RB.

      I’d also grab Hyde and Dobbins over Freeman and Scott.

      No problem.

  5. Hamtime says:
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    1. Would you try and trade amari for mixon or Michael Thomas? Losing faith in Dallas fast

    2. Start amari, Hollywood, or Preston

    3. Is hooper worth a stash (FA) or will Bryant emerge

    5. With David Johnson on bye week, am I starting Mike Davis w Jacobs assuming cmc doesn’t return with perine in the flex (have dobbins as well)?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Yes, either. But you might need to add something on top. Thomas ahead of Mixon for me.
      2. Hollywood for me
      3. Meh. Wouldn’t tie up a roster spot.
      5. Dobbins has Pitt this week so yeah I’d go with those 3 you have.

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      they paid hooper a bunch of money, he was finally getting used before late week appendicitis, and he’s good. bryant won’t hurt his usage when he’s actually back (which might not be this week)

      • Donkey Teeth

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        I agree but Hooper still isn’t a guy I’d stash

        • goodfold2 says:
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          that depends on
          1. who’s in FA for TE’s
          2. how many stash slots
          3. your other existing TE (which is really an add on to 1)

          on one extreme a 10 teamer where you have kittle and no IR slots (or like nfl.com where i guy actually needs real life IR to be stashed) the other like a 16 teamer with numerous IR slots and your TE isn’t good at all (say higbee), and most are in between.

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Right. Just going on the information I have. Have to assume it’s 10-12 teams with avg bench unless I’m told otherwise.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              yeah i surely wouldn’t be stashing if no IR’s and you already have a good TE.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Hey, what’s the meaning of this, James A. Garfield, our 20th president, loved Mondays.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Was he the one who died in the bath tub?

  7. JC says:
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    Dreaded defense questions! I currently roster the Pats. Playoffs look like a strong probability so peeking ahead. Here is my roster for context:

    Tannehill
    Cook, Taylor, Gaskin
    Julio, Golladay
    Waller
    Bench: Mattison, Kelley, McKissic, Boyd, Crowder, Slayton

    1. Would you roster two defenses for flexibility? Losing McKissic or Slayton does not bother me much with my WR depth. Wire option would be Chiefs

    2. Trade options:
    A. His Bucs for my Crowder
    B. His Bears for my Slayton
    C. His 49ers for my Pats and Slayton. My wire backfill would likely be a mediocre guy like Patrick

    Playoff schedule:
    Bucs….vs Vikes, at Falcons, at Lions
    Bears….vs Yexans, at Vikes, at Jax
    Niners….vs Wash, at Cowboys, at Cards
    Chiefs…..at Dolphins, at Saints, vs Falcons
    Pats..,,,,,at Rams, at Dolphins, vs Bills

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Sure
      2. Eh I wouldn’t make those trades. Just look ahead to stream against the worst offenses. Use the extra spot to stash a week in advance.

    • The Harrow says:
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      CHI from TB worth the difference from slayton to crowder; i doubt that.

  8. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    12 team PPR super flex. assuming AAron comes out of IR and plays this week gotta drop somebody. didn’t think i’d get both AB and higgins (i didn’t pay much for either, usually 1-2 guys in FA go for like 15/100 or so a week (or more) and then the others get almost no interest or zero bids and can be gotten for 1-5, i’ve got a lot of those on this team)

    QB: wentz, bridge, newton (job seems safe)

    RB (2): scott (plays if sanders doesn’t), gio B (mixon sounds out yet again), gaskin, b.hill (gurley’s injury history, one of likeliest guys to get job without one out there), l.bell

    WR (3): thielen, adams, green, patrick (might be out this week, if he is i don’t need to drop anybody), p-will, higgins, AB (obviously wait and see mode esp since he can’t play week 8 anyway, and arians nation finally did say that evans might’ve been decoying as it looked like), t.smith
    TE (1): kelce, graham
    2 regular flexes
    1 super flex
    IR: aaron jones, goedert

    guessing it’s t.smith here as NO seemingly would rather throw the ball to literally guys off the street (in the sense that nobody wanted to draft them) than him even when sanders/MT are out. found out it was 14 for the DEN game, sure snow in oct isn’t weird for DEN obv but 14 degrees is. of course with climate change that doesn’t mean it might not be under 15 for all the remaining DEN home games ROS too but i’d bet against that.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Didn’t realize that about the denver temp either.

      Agreed, lose Trequan.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        yeah i was over here worried that lock sucked that hard in like say 28 (normal conditions, with snow) or under 32 but close to it. forgot where i read this, it wasn’t till monday that i did. obv DEN COULD have more 14 or under home games, but probably not a ton of them, and part of what i read was that it was the coldest DEN home game in oct ever.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Good to know

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      haha that’s great

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